Ahold has announced that Bill Grize, president and ceo of Ahold US Retail, will be stepping down from the Ahold Corporate Executive Board at the end of December 2004, in preparation for his retirement.

From January 2005, Marc Smith, ceo of the Stop & Shop/ Giant-Landover arena, and Tony Schiano, ceo of the Giant-Carlisle/ Tops arena, will report directly to Ahold President &ceo Anders Moberg.

“We all thank Bill for giving a lifetime of service to our company and our people,” commented Anders Moberg. “He has touched many people’s lives and has made the US retail operations more customer-focused as a result of his leadership.”

Grize joined Stop & Shop almost 40 years ago and in September 2000 he became President and ceo of Ahold US Retail.